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Spring 2014 Program Highlights
SATURDAY, MARCH 15
THE SHADOW (10-6-40) “Death in a Minor Key” starring Bill Johnstone as Lamont Cranston, with Marjorie Anderson as the lovely Margo Lane. The Shadow investigates when a friend of Lamont’s claims that he is being held against his will in a sanitarium. Cast includes Keenan Wynn, Richard Widmark, Kenny Delmar. Sustaining, MBS. (27 min)
LIFE OF RILEY (10-4-47) William Bendix stars as Chester Riley, with Paula Winslowe as Peg, John Brown as Digby O’Dell, Barbara Eiler as Babs, Tommy Cook as Junior, Ken Christy as Mr. Stevenson. Riley receives a promotion at work but fears he’s being put out to pasture. Prell, NBC. (30 min)
MYSTERY IN THE AIR (8-7-47) “The Marvelous Barrastro” starring Peter Lorre in a story by Ben Hecht. A magician describes how he plans to murder a rival who plotted to steal the magician’s wife. Henry (Harry) Morgan announces, with John Brown, Barbara Eiler, Howard Culver, Jane Morgan, Russell Thorson. Camel Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
VIC AND SADE (6-8-42) Art Van Harvey is Vic, with Bernardine Flynn as Sade, who has received a letter from her sister Bess. NBC. (10 min)
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (8-27-49) “The Eager Witness” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, who investigates when a well-respected gentleman testifies on behalf of an accused killer. Cast: Joy Terry, John Dehner, Michael Ann Barrett, Junius Matthews, Ben Wright, Lou Krugman, Lawrence Dobkin. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
KRAFT MUSIC HALL (3-11-48) Al Jolson stars, with Oscar Levant, Lou Bring and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter and guest Edward Everett Horton, who wants to help Al redecorate his home. Al talks with Oscar about their stay in Palm Springs and sings “I’m Looking Over a Four-Leaf Clover.” Kraft Foods, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MARCH 22
BOB AND RAY-DIO
BOB AND RAY (11-19-59) “Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding present the CBS Radio Network.” Wally Ballou reports about the 1964 World’s Fair; the Bob and Ray Trophy Train is in Lansing, Michigan, for its final stop of the year; Bob talks to a man with unusual feet. Sustaining, CBS. (15 min)
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (8-1-49) Book 71, Chapter 5: “Father’s Barbour’s Aching Bones,” starring J. Anthony Smythe as Henry Barbour, Minetta Ellen as Fanny Barbour, Barton Yarborough as Clifford. Henry receives a letter from Pinky, while Cliff has a talk with Andy about Miss Evans. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ARTHUR GODFREY TIME (3-26-47) It’s Arthur and all the “Little Godfreys”: Jeanette Davis, The Mariners, Tony Marvin, Archie Bleyer and the Orchestra and pianist Howard Weiss, winner of the previous night’s Talent Scouts program. Godfrey talks about the recent snowfall; Jeanette sings “Heartaches.” Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
JACK ARMSTRONG, THE ALL-AMERICAN BOY (9-27-40) An isolated episode of the series, with Charles Flynn as Jack, John Gannon as Billy, Sarajane Wells as Betty, Jim Goss as Uncle Jim. As they prepare to leave Easter Island, Jack and Billy find that the villainous Anthony Badger is in hot pursuit! Franklyn MacCormack announces. Wheaties, NBC. (15 min)
DOCTOR I.Q., THE MENTAL BANKER (7-13-42) From the stage of the Tower Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri. The Doctor (Lew Valentine) asks questions of the audience, including a “Thought Twister” and a historical profile. Vitamins Plus, NBC. (29 min)
MR. KEEN, TRACER OF LOST PERSONS (9-15-49) “The Case of Murder and the Blood-Stained Necklace” starring Bennett Kilpack as Mr. Keen and Jim Kelly as Mike Clancy. A recently widowed woman is found dead with a string of worthless pearls in her hand. Anacin, Kolynos, CBS. (29 min)
PLUS — Throughout the day, we’ll hear Bob and Ray’s parodies of each of these programs. Read the article about Bob and Ray in the Winter 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, MARCH 29
HOPALONG CASSIDY (3-8-50) “The Boss of Vinegar Bend” starring William Boyd as Cassidy, with Andy Clyde as California Carlson. Hoppy offers to help a woman who has been swindled into buying a worthless ranch. Syndicated. (27 min)
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (5-19-48) With Peggy Lee, announcer Howard Petrie, The Crew Chiefs, Candy Candido, Alan Reed, Roy Bargy and the Orchestra and guest Victor Moore, who accompanies Jimmy on a tour of small businesses. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
ESCAPE (11-2-52) “The Running Man” starring Vic Perrin, with Jeanne Bates, Michael Ann Barrett, Ralph Moody, Don Diamond, Barney Philips, Byron Kane. A story of love and voodoo as a plantation owner in Honduras agrees to give up gambling for his fiancee. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
MAGNIFICENT MONTAGUE (3-16-51) Monte Woolley stars as Edwin Montague, with Anne Seymour as Lily, Pert Kelton as Agnes. Edwin goes on a diet in preparation for his upcoming performance at the Proscenium Club. Cast includes Art Carney, Cliff Hall, Gavin Gordon. Don Pardo announces. Sustaining, NBC. (27 min)
CASEY, CRIME PHOTOGRAPHER (8-14-47) “The Chivalrous Gunman” starring Staats Cotsworth as Casey, with Jan Miner as Anne Williams and John Gibson as Ethelbert. A young woman who witnesses a robbery and murder refuses to identify the killer. Anchor Hocking Glass, CBS. (30 min)
FRED ALLEN SHOW (12-30-45) With Portland Hoffa, Minerva Pious, Parker Fennelly, Kenny Delmar, the DeMarco Sisters and guest Gregory Ratoff, who joins Fred for a spoof of Russian radio programs. The Allen’s Alley question is “How do you feel about Mayor LaGuardia’s return to private life?” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
WE REMEMBER SHIRLEY MITCHELL
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-9-43) Harold Peary stars as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, with Shirley Mitchell as Leila Ransom, Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker. Gildersleeve is planning a busy day at the office, but Gildersleeve’s fiancee Leila has other plans. Kraft, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about The Great Gildersleeve in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SPEAKING OF RADIO (10-21-84) Chuck Schaden’s conversation with actress Shirley Mitchell, recorded at her home in Beverly Hills, California, as she looks back on her radio career. (29 min) Shirley Mitchell died on November 11, 2013, at the age of 94.
SUSPENSE (11-18-54) “Blind Date” starring Shirley Mitchell and Vic Perrin, with Lee Millar. The story of a vaudeville dancer backstage after a show and “the most terrifying moments of her life.” Sustaining, CBS. (24 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (5-9-44) Jim and Marian Jordan star as the McGees, with Shirley Mitchell as Alice Darling, Arthur Q. Bryan as Doc Gamble, Marlin Hurt as Beulah, Ransom Sherman as Mr. Wellington, announcer Harlow Wilcox, Billy Mills and the Orchestra, The King’s Men. Alice’s boyfriend comes to visit at the McGees’ home. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. (28 min)
LET GEORGE DO IT (9-5-49) “Everything Is Fine” starring Robert Bailey as George Valentine, with Frances Robinson as Claire Brooks, Wally Maher as Lt. Riley. A man hires Valentine to protect his daughter in anticipation of his wife’s birthday party. Cast includes Herbert Rawlinson, Shirley Mitchell, Virginia Eiler, Lawrence Dobkin, Dick Ryan, Dan O’Herlihy. Standard Oil of California, MBS. (30 min)
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (2-18-53) Willard Waterman stars as Gildy, with Shirley Mitchell, Walter Tetley, Lillian Randolph, Dick LeGrand as Mr. Peavey, Mary Shipp as Grace Tuttle. Gildy is on the outs with Leila and Grace after breaking dates with both women. Cast includes George Neise. Kraft, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 12
NINETY YEARS OF WLS RADIO
NATIONAL BARN DANCE (4-15-44) A celebration of the 20th anniversary of WLS, the home of the Barn Dance. With host Joe Kelly, Arkie, the Arkansas Woodchopper, Pat Buttram, the Dinning Sisters, the Hoosier Hot Shots, Cindy Walker. AFRS rebroadcast. (32 min)
FIBBER McGEE & MOLLY (9-23-35) From Chicago, Jim and Marian Jordan star in a broadcast from the show’s first year on the air, with Lynn Martin, the Johnson Merry Men, Rico Marcelli and the Orchestra, announcer Harlow Wilcox. Fibber is trying to fix the doorbell. Johnson’s Wax, NBC-Blue. (30 min)
HINDENBERG EYEWITNESS ACCOUNT (5-6-37) WLS announcer Herb Morrison, at Lakehurst, New Jersey to record the arrival of the airship Hindenberg from Friedrichschafen, Germany, ended up covering one of the biggest disasters in aviation history as the ship exploded and crashed. Recording engineer Charles Nehlsen captured the dramatic event on discs which were broadcast the next day on the full NBC network, the first recordings broadcast on the network in its ten-year history. WLS/NBC. (22 min and 18 min)
BREAKFAST CLUB (4-28-58) An excerpt from the long-running show, with host Don McNeill and guest Bob Hope, who takes questions from the audience. ABC. (23 min)
EAST OF MIDNIGHT (1960) An excerpt from the overnight show at the “new” WLS, as host Bob Hale plays records from the Fendermen, The Ames Brothers, Artie Shaw, Percy Faith, and others. Sustaining, WLS. (31 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 19
THE BARD ON THE AIR
CBS SHAKESPEARE SERIES (7-19-37) “Much Ado About Nothing” starring Leslie Howard as Benedick and Rosalind Russell as Beatrice, in a radio version of the comedy by William Shakespeare about two couples with different views on romance. Cast includes J. Scott Smart, Ben Webster, Denis Green. Sustaining, CBS. (35 min and 25 min)
STREAMLINED SHAKESPEARE (7-26-37) “The Taming of the Shrew” starring John Barrymore as Petruchio and Elaine Barry as Catherine, in a condensed version of the play by William Shakespeare. A young woman cannot marry until her older, headstrong sister finds a husband. Cast includes Henry Hunter, Hans Conried, Hanley Stafford, Nancy Leach, Vinton Halworth, Russell Simpson, Miles Mander, Lou Merrill, Buddy Edwards. Gayne Whitman narrates. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. (17 min and 28 min)
SUSPENSE (5-4-53 and 5-11-53) “Othello” is “the first radio dramatization of William Shakespeare’s tragic history,” a story of love, jealousy and murder. With Elliott Lewis in the title role, Cathy Lewis as Desdemona, and Richard Widmark as Iago. Cast: Joseph Kearns, Irene Tedrow, Herb Butterfield, William Conrad, Whitfield Conner, Byron Kane. Narrated by Larry Thor; Harlow Wilcox announces. Auto-Lite, CBS. (30 min and 30 min)
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
OUR 44th ANNIVERSARY SHOW
“Thanks For Listening”
Those Were the Days debuted May 2, 1970 on WNMP/Evanston — and as we commemorate our 44th anniversary on the air, we’ll tune in to four radio shows, each one devoted to celebrating an anniversary!
RADIO’S BIGGEST SHOW (1946) An all-star celebration, honoring the 45th anniversary of Walgreen’s Drug Stores, with Bob Hope, Frank Morgan, Ginny Simms, the Andrews Sisters, Dennis Day, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Vera Vague, Eddy Duchin, Ray Noble and the Orchestra, and announcer Harry von Zell. Walgreen Drug Stores, NBC. (32 min & 26 min)
WE TAKE YOU BACK (3-13-58) A special program, commemorating the 20th anniversary of CBS radio’s World News Roundup and “the start of regular CBS news broadcasts.” Hosted by Dallas Townsend, with Edward R. Murrow, Robert Trout, William L. Shirer, H.V. Kaltenborn, John Daly. CBS. (30 min)
VOICE OF FIRESTONE (12-5-38) The tenth anniversary broadcast of this long-running musical program, with the Firestone Symphony Orchestra under the director of Alfred Wallenstein, singer Richard Crooks, announcer Gene Hamilton, and comments from Vaughn DeLeath, Lowell Thomas, Lawrence Tibbett, NBC President Lenox Lohr, and Harvey Firestone. Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, NBC. (29 min)
THE MAGIC RADIO (1951) A salute to NBC’s 25th anniversary, as Fibber McGee and Molly (Jim and Marian Jordan) use Fibber’s Superheterodyne radio and tune in to classic clips from NBC’s first 25 years, with the Coon-Sanders Orchestra, Amos ‘n’ Andy, Lawrence Tibbett, Ruth Etting, Joe Penner, Rudy Vallee, Eddie Cantor, W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, Jessica Dragonette, Bing Crosby, Bob Burns, Jimmy Durante, Bob Hope, Jerry Colonna, Skinnay Ennis, Goodman and Jane Ace, Tallulah Bankhead, Margaret Truman, Al Jolson, Groucho Marx, and Major Edward Bowes. (31 min & 30 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 3
1939: HOLLYWOOD’S GREATEST YEAR
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (1-9-49) “Stagecoach” is the first show of the series, a re-creation of the 1939 movie about a group of people brought together for a memorable trip by stagecoach. John Wayne, Claire Trevor and Ward Bond re-create their original movie roles. Sustaining, NBC. (30 min)
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (4-21-40) “Ninotchka” starring Spencer Tracy and Rosalind Russell in a radio version of Billy Wilder’s 1939 film, about an American businessman and a Russian agent who fall in love. Russell and Tracy re-create the roles played in the movie by Greta Garbo and Melvyn Douglas. Roger Pryor hosts the last show of the season. Gulf Oil, CBS. (30 min)
GREAT SCENES FROM GREAT PLAYS (12-17-48) “Young Mr. Lincoln” starring Henry Fonda, re-creating the role he played in the 1939 film of the same name. A story of Abraham Lincoln’s experiences as an Illinois lawyer. Walter Hampden hosts. National Council of Protestant Episcopal Churches, Syndicated. (29 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-25-50) “The Wizard of Oz” starring Judy Garland, re-creating her role of Dorothy Gale in a radio version of the classic 1939 MGM movie. With Hans Conried as the Scarecrow, Herb Vigran as the Tin Man, Ed Max as the Cowardly Lion, Herb Butterfield as the Wizard, Betty Lou Gerson as Glinda. William Keighley hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (19 min & 24 min & 17 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be film historian BOB KOLOSOSKI, who will talk about movies released in 1939. Read the article about the movies of 1939 in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SATURDAY, MAY 10
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (5-8-49) It’s Mother’s Day and Phil doesn’t have a gift for Alice. With Elliott Lewis, Walter Tetley, Robert North, Jeanine Roos, Anne Whitfield, Shirley Mitchell. Rexall, NBC. (30 min)
MYSTERIOUS TRAVELER (5-18-48) “Death Writes a Letter” stars Maurice Tarplin as the Mysterious Traveler. A man awakens to find a letter, written in his own hand, containing a message from his dead brother. Cast: Roger DeKoven, Eric Dressler, Bryna Raeburn. Sustaining, MBS. (29 min)
DODGE SHOW (3-28-36) Harry Richman stars in a musical program, with guest Kay Thompson, who sings “If This Is Love, I Don’t Want Love” and “You Hit the Spot.” Dodge, Syndicated. (14 min) Read the article about Kay Thompson in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
PHILCO RADIO TIME (11-12-47) Bing Crosby stars with the Rhythmaires, John Scott Trotter and the Orchestra, announcer Ken Carpenter, and guests Peter Lorre, Kay Thompson and the Williams Brothers. Bing sings “Come to the Mardi Gras” and joins Peter and Kay for a sketch about commercial jingles. Philco, ABC. (29 min)
HERE’S MORGAN (4-16-42) Henry Morgan from early in his career, playing records and talking about baseball, a suit-making clinic, a trip to the circus, and his sponsors! Participating sponsors, MBS. (14 min)
LUM AND ABNER (4-12-50) Chester Lauck and Norris Goff star as the proprietors of the Jot ‘Em Down Store, with Zasu Pitts, Andy Devine, Jim Backus, Cliff Arquette. The boys try to outwit a real estate salesman. Ford, CBS. (30 min)
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (12-2-46) “Mother of Freedom” starring Ann Harding in the story of Anna Zenger, who, with her husband John, used the power of the press to fight against corruption in colonial New York. Cast includes Joseph Kearns, William Conrad, Ed Max, Francis X. Bushman. DuPont, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 17
DUFFY’S TAVERN (5-19-48) Ed Gardner stars as Archie the manager, with Eddie Green, Charlie Cantor as Clifton Finnegan, Sandra Gould as Miss Duffy. Archie’s efforts to get a raise from Duffy are rebuffed. Rod O’Connor announces. Bristol-Myers, NBC. (30 min)
DIMENSION X (8-11-50) “The Castaways” starring Santos Ortega and Greg Morton. Plans to test an atomic bomb on a pacific atoll are met with resistance by the residents of the area. Frank Martin announces. Wheaties, NBC. (29 min)
OUR MISS BROOKS (10-16-49) Eve Arden stars as Connie Brooks, who has been made a safety supervisor at Madison High School. With Gale Gordon as Principal Conklin, Richard Crenna as Walter Denton, Leonard Smith as Stretch Snodgrass, Jane Morgan as Mrs. Davis, Gloria McMillan as Harriet Conklin, Bob Jellison as Mr. Jensen, Ed Begley as Mr. Blanchard. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS. (30 min)
THE WHISTLER (5-21-45) “The Man Who Bought Death” is the story of a young hoodlum who steals $100 and uses the money to enter the counterfeiting racket. Bill Forman is The Whistler. Marvin Miller announces. Signal Oil, CBS. (29 min)
KAY KYSER’S KOLLEGE OF MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE (1-19-44) It’s “The Ol’ Perfessor,” presenting his musical quiz for an audience of Navy fliers in Los Alemedas, California, with Ish Kabibble, Georgia Carroll, Sully Mason, Harry Babbitt. Ish Kabibble presents “A Day in Radio.” Bill Forman announces. AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
CHALLENGE OF THE YUKON (2-25-49) “Danger Signal” stars Paul Sutton as Sgt. Preston of the Northwest Mounted Police. A banker accused of murder flees town with his confederates. When the banker is murdered, Sgt. Preston tracks down the killers. Cast includes Paul Hughes. Quaker Puffed Wheat and Rice, ABC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, MAY 24
THE GLENN MILLER BAND IN ENGLAND
ATLANTIC SPOTLIGHT (9-2-44) A wartime broadcast originating from New York and London, featuring hosts Herb Sheldon and Ronnie Waldman. Featured are the Modernaires and Roy Fox and his Orchestra from New York, and Major Glenn Miller and the American Band of the AEF from London. Vocalist Marion Hutton (in Atlantic City) joins the Miller band via shortwave to sing “Juke Box Saturday Night.” The Miller band plays “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “Flying Home.” BBC/NBC. (30 min)
CLOSEUP OF GLENN MILLER AND THE AMERICAN BAND OF THE AEF (8-6-53) A look back at Major Miller’s AEF Band during its stay in England, with recollections by arranger Jerry Gray, conductor Sir Adrian Boult, British entertainers Jack Hylton, Dorothy Carless, and others. Clips from various Miller broadcasts are also heard. BBC. (29 min)
THE UPTOWN HALL (Recorded 8-12-44; broadcast 8-18-44) The Swing Sextet of the American Band of the AEF, led by Sgt. Mel Powell, presents “Music for you of the Allied Liberation Forces,” with special guest Dinah Shore. The sextet plays “How High the Moon” and “Where or When;” Dinah sings “Night and Day.” Cpl. Paul Dubov announces; Allied Expeditionary Forces Program of the BBC (AEFP). (14 min)
THE AMERICAN BAND OF THE AEF (8-31-44) “Your Thursday night thirty minutes with the Moonlight Serenader,” Major Glenn Miller. Special guest Bing Crosby joins the band to sing “some of the new home town tunes” for servicemen. The band plays “Here We Go Again,” and “Wang Wang Blues,” while Bing sings “Long Ago (And Far Away),” “Swinging On A Star,” and “Poinciana.” AEFP. (29 min)
THE AMERICAN EAGLE IN BRITAIN #192 (Recorded 8-10-44; broadcast 8-12-44) Excerpts. The American Dance Band contingent, led by Sgt. Ray McKinley, is heard in a broadcast from the American Red Cross Rainbow Corner Club, located under the pavement in Piccadilly, London. Host Cecil Madden and Major Ken Treadwell interview various servicemen, who also speak to family members back home. The band plays “G.I. Jive,” and “King Porter Stomp.” MBS. (16 min)
THE WEHRMACHT HOUR (Recorded 10-30-44; broadcast 11-8-44) Major Glenn Miller and the American Band of the AEF are heard in this German-language propaganda broadcast beamed to German troops, with host Ilse Weinberger. The band plays “In The Mood,” and “Stardust”; Sgt. Johnny Desmond sings “Long Ago (And Far Away)” in German. American Broadcasting Station in Europe (ABSIE). (28 min)
GRAND ROUNDUP (12-25-44) Excerpt. Sgt. Jerry Gray leads the AEF band in a Christmas day program from Paris, in the band’s first broadcast after Major Miller’s disappearance over the English Channel. The band plays “Oranges and Lemons.” AEFP, BBC and MBS. (8 min)
OUR SPECIAL GUEST will be big band historian KARL PEARSON, who will talk about Glenn Miller and the American Band of the AEF on the 70th anniversary of their arrival in Great Britain during World War II.
SATURDAY, MAY 31
HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY, WGN!
CAPTAIN MIDNIGHT (9-30-40) The first show of the series for Ovaltine tells the story of how the Captain received his name during a secret mission to France, and how he became the head of the Secret Squadron. Pierre Andre announces. Ovaltine, MBS. (14 min)
BACHELOR’S CHILDREN (7-8-38) An isolated episode of the daytime drama, with Hugh Studebaker as Dr. Bob Graham, Patricia Dunlap as Janet, Olan Soule as Sam. Janet makes an important discovery about Sam while hanging a picture. Russ Young announces. Old Dutch Cleanser, MBC. (15 min)
WALLY PHILLIPS SHOW (5-21-65) An excerpt from Phillips’ long-running morning show, with news headlines, phone calls from listeners and records from Louis Armstrong, Tony Bennett, John Gary, and Perry Como. Participating sponsors, WGN. (30 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (1-24-14) Steve Darnall’s conversation with broadcaster Orion Samuelson, who talks about his lengthy career in radio and his fifty-plus-year career at Chicago’s WGN. Recorded at Mr. Samuelson’s office at WGN. (28 min)
WGN BARN DANCE (7-29-61) Excerpt. Live from the Chicago International Trade Fair at McCormick Place, with Bob Atcher, the Johnson Sisters, and announcer Orion Samuelson. International Harvester, WGN. (13 min)
CALLING ALL DETECTIVES (9-11-47) Paul Barnes plays private detective Jerry Browning and all of the other characters in this mystery-quiz program, about a man who pays to have himself killed. Listerners are invited to answer a question about the story. Jack Callahan announces. Sealy Mattresses, WGN. (14 min)
HUBBARD-BRICKHOUSE SHOW (11-24-61) An excerpt from Eddie Hubbard and Jack Brickhouse’s afternoon show, with guests Annette Funicello and singer/actress Monique Van Vooren. WGN. (15 min)
CHICAGO THEATRE OF THE AIR (3-8-47) Excerpt. “Naughty Marietta” starring Marion Claire and Richard Tucker. It’s Victor Herbert and Rida Johnson Young’s operatta about a captain’s pursuit of a notorious pirate. Colonel Robert McCormick opens the broadcast with a talk about “The Red Cross and Its History.” Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 7
A DATE WITH DIX DAVIS
ONE MAN’S FAMILY (10-30-50) Book 80, Chapter 1: “Pinky Faces the Music” is an isolated episode of this long-running family drama, with Dix Davis as Pinky, Bernice Berwin as Hazel, and Bill Bouchey as Dan. After flunking out of college, Pinky returns home to face an angry family. Miles Laboratories, NBC. (14 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-21-12) Part one of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Dix Davis, speaking by telephone from his home in Vermont, as he looks back on his radio and movie career. Recorded by Jim Zarembski in Niles, Illinois. (30 min) Read an excerpt from this conversation in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (11-30-41) Excerpt. Jack and the gang offer a spoof of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, with Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Eddie “Rochester” Anderson, Dennis Day, Don Wilson, Elliott Lewis, Andy Devine, Dix Davis as “Belly Laugh” Barton. Jell-O, NBC. (15 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (3-3-41) “My Bill,” starring Kay Francis and Warren William, with Dix Davis as Bill. Francis re-creates her role from the 1938 film, about a scatterbrained widow and her efforts to keep her family together. Cast includes Verna Felton, Janet Waldo, Sidney Miller, Barbara Jean Wong, Claire Verdera, Lou Merrill. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (26 min & 16 min & 16 min)
SPEAKING OF RADIO (9-21-12) Part two of Steve Darnall’s conversation with actor Dix Davis. (21 min)
A DATE WITH JUDY (5-4-48) Louise Erickson stars as Judy Foster, with John Brown as Mr. Foster, Dix Davis as Randolph, Richard Crenna as Oogie Pringle, Myra Marsh as Mrs. Foster. It’s a beautiful spring day and Judy and Oogie decide to skip school. Tums, NBC. (30 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 14
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (6-21-42) Harold Peary stars as Gildy, with Walter Tetley as Leroy, Lurene Tuttle as Marjorie, Lillian Randolph as Birdie, Earle Ross as Judge Hooker. Marjorie and Leroy decide to buy their Uncle an easy chair for Father’s Day. Kraft, NBC. (30 min) Read the article about The Great Gildersleeve in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
MURDER BY EXPERTS (5-22-50) “Three’s a Crowd” starring John Sylvester, Joyce Gordon. A man takes a job playing piano at a bar and finds himself immersed in a web of jealousy and violence. Bret Halliday hosts. Sustaining, MBS. (30 min)
BOB HOPE SHOW (4-13-48) Broadcasting from Hollywood on behalf of the YMCA Building Fund, with Jerry Colonna, Vera Vague, Eileen Wilson, Les Brown and his Band of Renown, and guest Lana Turner, who recalls her days as a student at Hollywood High School. Pepsodent, NBC. (29 min) Read the article about Lana Turner in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
DRAGNET (10-1-49) Jack Webb stars as Sgt. Joe Friday, with Barton Yarborough as Sgt. Ben Romero and Raymond Burr as Chief Backstrand in the eighteenth show of the series. The investigation of a hijacking ring is complicated when a suspect jumps to his death while in police custody. Cast includes Bill Johnstone, Parley Baer, Jack Kruschen, Virginia Gregg. Sustaining, NBC. (29 min)
ADVENTURES OF MAISIE (10-19-50) Ann Sothern stars as Maisie Revere, the role she played in the MGM movie series. Maisie is hired to perform at a society fund-raiser. Cast includes Elvia Allman, Sidney Miller, Frank Nelson, Hans Conried, Frederick Warlock, Peter Leeds. Syndicated. (28 min)
ROCKY FORTUNE (11-24-53) Frank Sinatra stars as Rocky Fortune, “that foot-loose, fancy-free young gentleman.” Rocky is hired to keep an alcoholic drama critic from falling asleep during a play. Cast: Elaine Rost, Lesley Woods, Staats Cotsworth, Arnold Moss, Robert Dryden. AFRS rebroadcast. (24 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 21
GREEN HORNET (10-11-45) “Hot Money and Death” stars Bob Hall as Britt Reid (a.k.a. The Green Hornet), with Raymond Toyo as Kato. An armored truck robbery prompts the Hornet to put pressure on a criminal gang. Sustaining, ABC. (25 min)
RED SKELTON SHOW (1-29-46) With Anita Ellis, Gege Pearson, Verna Felton, Pat McGeehan, Wonderful Smith, announcer Rod O’Connor, David Forrester and the Orchestra. The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire presents “Looking for Trouble,” with sketches featuring Deadeye, Clem Kadiddlehopper and Junior, the Mean Little Kid. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC. (28 min)
JEFF REGAN, INVESTIGATOR (4-26-50) “It All Comes Back to Me Now” stars Paul Dubov as Jeff Regan, with Frank Nelson as Anthony J. Lyon, “The Lion’s Eye.” A girl with amnesia can only remember that she wanted to commit murder. Sustaining, CBS. (30 min)
MELODY HOUR (4-18-49) Buddy Clark stars, with The Girlfriends, Ted Dale and the orchestra, and guest Jane Powell. Buddy sings “Again,” “Whispering Waters” and “On a Slow Boat to China”; Jane sings “Make Believe” and “It Might as Well Be Spring.” AFRS rebroadcast. (30 min)
FORT LARAMIE (4-1-56) “Lost Child” starring Raymond Burr as Capt. Lee Quince, with Vic Perrin as Sgt. Gorce and Harry Bartell as Lt. Seiberts. When a settler’s child disappears, Capt. Quince visits the Cheyenne camp to enlist their help in the search. Sustaining, CBS. (29 min)
ALDRICH FAMILY (10-14-48) Ezra Stone stars as Henry, with Jackie Kelk as Homer, House Jameson and Katherine Raht as Mr. and Mrs. Aldrich, Parker Fennelley as Gus. Henry is in charge of a picnic, but has to figure out where to have it and how to get there. Dan Seymour announces. Jell-O, NBC. (29 min)
SATURDAY, JUNE 28
FIVE BY SIX
FIVE STAR FINAL (3-30-36) A show created to bring listeners “the news of the world we live in... to make vividly real to you the stirring events that make us all actors in the drama of life.” Includes stories about election day in Germany and Bruno Hauptmann in prison. Remington-Rand Typewriters, WMCA. (14 min)
WILD BILL HICKOK (11-28-51) “The Five Deadly Double Eagles” starring Guy Madison as Wild Bill and Andy Devine as Jingles. There’s trouble in the town of Halfway Up when a criminal plans to rob the stage and frame a newcomer for the crime. Cast includes Forrest Lewis, Barney Phillips, Clayton Post. Kellogg’s Corn Pops, MBS. (25 min)
THEATRE FIVE (9-1-64) “Outside Time” with Al Hodge, George Petrie, Jack Grimes, Maurice Tarplin, Richard Keith. An astronaut and his craft disappear from space in the middle of a test launch. Sustaining, ABC. (21 min)
LUX RADIO THEATRE (12-16-43) “Five Graves to Cairo” starring Franchot Tone and Anne Baxter, with Otto Preminger, J. Carroll Naish and Fortunio Bonanova. Tone, Baxter and Bonanova re-create their roles from the 1943 film, about an English soldier and a French innkeeper who match wits with the Nazis in a remote Sahara desert hotel. Cecil B. DeMille hosts. Lux Soap, CBS. (25 min & 20 min & 14 min)
FRIENDLY FIVE FOOTNOTES (1931) A program of music and dancing, featuring vocalist and dancer Friendly Fred, the Friendly Five Orchestra and aviator Casey Jones, who talks about recent developments in air travel. Songs include “It’s the Girl,” “Sweet and Lovely” and “It’s Great to Be in Love.” Friendly Five Shoes, Syndicated. (13 min)
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (9-25-60) “The Five Down Matter” starring Bob Bailey as the man with action-packed expense account. A quiet Sunday is disrupted when Johnny receives a series of urgent telephone calls from past clients. Cast includes Virginia Gregg, John Dehner, G. Stanley Jones, Lawrence Dobkin, Harry Bartell, Vic Perrin, Howard McNear, Marvin Miller, Forrest Lewis, Herb Vigran. Participating sponsors, CBS. (25 min)
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RADIO'S GOLDEN AGE
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SUNDAY, MARCH 16
FIRST NIGHTER (5-24-44) “Speak Ever So Gently,” starring Barbara Luddy and Olan Soule. A movie star and his hard-nosed publicist travel to a small town in Ohio to dedicate a children’s hospital. Campana Products, MBS.
MAN CALLED X (4-17-47) Herbert Marshall stars as Ken Thurston, with Leon Belasco as Pagan Zeldschmidt. Thurston flies to Kuwait when an oil company is the victim of sabotage. Frigidaire, CBS.
FITCH BANDWAGON (4-25-48) Phil Harris and Alice Faye star, with Elliott Lewis as Frankie Remley, who has taken up sculpting. Fitch Shampoo, NBC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 23
SUSPENSE (4-25-46) “Dark Journey” starring Nancy Kelly. A mysterious woman who has been jilted by her lover has the power to “will” him back to her. Roma Wines, CBS.
RED SKELTON SHOW (2-4-47) The Skelton Scrapbook of Satire focuses on “Elevators” with Clem Kadiddlehopper as an elevator operator. Raleigh Cigarettes, NBC.
DEFENSE ATTORNEY (9-14-51) Mercedes McCambridge stars as Martha Ellis, who investigates when a teenager is charged with vehicular manslaughter. Sustaining, ABC.
SUNDAY, MARCH 30
SCREEN DIRECTORS’ PLAYHOUSE (2-1-51) “Take a Letter, Darling” starring Fred MacMurray and Rosalind Russell in a radio adaptation of the 1941 film. A young man becomes the personal secretary to a high-powered female executive. Participating sponsors, NBC.
MR. DISTRICT ATTORNEY (7-14-48) “Case of the Unknown Source” starring Jay Jostyn, who discovers an informant in his office. Ipana, Sal Hepatica, NBC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 6
JACK BENNY PROGRAM (2-24-46) From Palm Springs, Jack and his cast respond to a column by guest Gilbert Seldes and present a “nice, sweet program.” Lucky Strike Cigarettes, NBC.
NICK CARTER, MASTER DETECTIVE (2-18-45) “Mind Over Murder” stars Lon Clark as Nick, with Helen Choate as Patsy. An amnesia victim asks Nick to find out why he killed two people. Lin-X, MBS.
GINNY SIMMS SHOW (1-11-46) With Frank DeVol and the Orchestra and guest Gene Kelly, who joins Ginny for a musical parody of Wuthering Heights. Borden, CBS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 13
AMERICA’S TOWN MEETING OF THE AIR (4-16-36) “Will the Machine Dominate Man?” is debated by moderator George V. Denny, machinist Herman H. Lynn and author Ralph Barsodi. Sustaining, NBC BLUE. Read the article about AMerica's Town Meeting of the Air in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
OUR MISS BROOKS (2-6-49) Eve Arden stars as Miss Brooks, English teacher at Madison High School, who finds herself working in the supply room. Colgate-Palmolive, CBS.
SUNDAY, APRIL 20
HALLMARK PLAYHOUSE (4-14-49) “One Foot in Heaven” starring George Brent as a Methodist minister who sets up his parsonage in a small Iowa town. Hallmark Cards, CBS.
BURNS AND ALLEN SHOW (2-19-48) With Bill Goodwin, Meredith Willson and the Orchestra. Gracie’s ill-timed meat purchase stimulates George to try make a killing in the cattle market. Maxwell House Coffee, NBC.
SIX SHOOTER (12-13-53) James Stewart is Texas plainsman Britt Ponset, who encounters an actor friend and finds himself in a production of Hamlet. Sustaining, NBC.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
LIFE WITH LUIGI (4-24-49) J. Carroll Naish is Luigi Basco, who fears that the electric company has overcharged him. Sustaining, CBS.
SCREEN GUILD PLAYERS (6-17-46) “Marriage Is a Private Affair” starring Lana Turner and John Hodiak, in a radio version of their 1944 film. Lady Esther Products, CBS. Read the article about Lana Turner in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
JIMMY DURANTE SHOW (2-25-48) With Peggy Lee, Candy Candido, and guest Victor Moore, who offers to take Jimmy to the racetrack. Rexall, NBC.
SUNDAY, MAY 4
ADVENTURES OF NERO WOLFE (3-16-51) “Case of the Midnight Ride” stars Sydney Greenstreet as Wolfe. A woman calls Wolfe and claims she is in danger. Sustaining, NBC.
MY FRIEND IRMA (4-19-48) Marie Wilson stars as Irma, with Cathy Lewis as Jane, who has a dinner date with a new boyfriend. Swan Soap, CBS.
COLUMBIA WORKSHOP (7-21-46) “The Pied Piper of Hamelin” based on Robert Browning’s version of the fairy tale, with Ed Max, Arthur Q. Bryan, and the music of Artie Shaw. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 11
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (5-16-41) Harold Peary stars in this audition show, with Harlow Wilcox, Walter Tetley, Lurene Tuttle. Gildersleeve must leave Wistful Vista to see his niece and nephew. Johnson’s Wax, NBC. Read the article about The Great Gildersleeve in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
INNER SANCTUM (12-19-49) “Beyond the Grave” starring Mason Adams and Mercedes McCambridge. On a foggy night in the Florida keys, a man fears that his dead wife has come back to kill him. AFRS rebroadcast.
GREAT GILDERSLEEVE (9-6-50) Willard Waterman makes his debut as Throckmorton P. Gildersleeve, home after a long vacation. Kraft Foods, NBC.
SUNDAY, MAY 18
CAVALCADE OF AMERICA (1-24-44) “The Doctor Shoots a Cannon” starring Preston Foster, Gene Lockhart, and Otto Kruger. The doctors and two volunteers race against time to find a way to prevent “flash burn.” DuPont, NBC.
PEOPLE ARE FUNNY (1950s) Art Linkletter hosts this game show, offering a unique challenge to a dance instructor. RCA Victor, NBC.
FORT LARAMIE (5-6-56) “Never the Twain” stars Raymond Burr as Capt. Lee Quince of the U.S. Cavalry, with Vic Perrin as Sgt. Gorce. A young Army lieutenant learns some valuable truths about Native Americans. Sustaining, CBS.
SUNDAY, MAY 25
MAIL CALL #66 (1943) Lucille Ball is mistress of ceremonies, with Kay Thompson, Laurel and Hardy, Patsy Moran. AFRS. Read the article about Kay Thompson in the Spring 2014 issue of Nostalgia Digest.
SUSPENSE (10-24-46) “Dame Fortune” starring Susan Hayward, with singing by Kay Thompson. The wife of a rich man is blackmailed by a man from her past. Roma Wines, CBS.
ADVENTURES OF OZZIE AND HARRIET (11-7-48) With the help of neighbor Emmy Lou (Janet Waldo), Ozzie decides to break his “set pattern” of living. International Silver, NBC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 1
ONE NIGHT STAND (1-6-45) From Frank Dailey’s Terrace Room in Newark, with Louis Prima and his Orchestra. AFRS.
ADVENTURES OF PHILIP MARLOWE (11-28-48) “The Hard Way Out” starring Gerald Mohr as Marlowe, who is hired to investigate theft at a construction firm. Sustaining, CBS.
LIFE OF RILEY (5-17-46) William Bendix stars as Riley, who talks his son Junior into getting a job with the circus. With Paula Winslowe, Scotty Beckett, John Brown. Teel, NBC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 8
YOURS TRULY, JOHNNY DOLLAR (1-16-56 thru 1-20-56) “The Ricardo Amerigo Matter” stars Bob Bailey as Dollar, who is hired to locate a rare, very expensive violin... and its owner. Sustaining, CBS.
TREASURY STAR PARADE (3-14-42) The ninth program of the series, with Fredric March, Walter Huston, and singer William Hargrave. U.S. Treasury Department, Syndicated.
SUNDAY, JUNE 15
MR. PRESIDENT (7-31-47) Edward Arnold stars as a president who must perform his duties while acting as a substitute father to a visiting niece. Sustaining, ABC.
PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW (11-13-49) Phil decides to become an electrician after his doctor suggests he find a way to occupy himself. Rexall, NBC.
TWO THOUSAND PLUS (5-27-50) “When the Worlds Meet” starring Luis Van Rooten, Ken Williams, Lon Clark. In the year 2020, intelligent creatures from another planet land on Earth. Sustaining, MBS.
SUNDAY, JUNE 22
PHILCO RADIO TIME (4-23-47) Bing Crosby stars, with Peggy Lee, announcer Ken Carpenter and guests Burl Ives and Les Paul. Les and Bing play “Time After Time.” Philco, ABC.
ESCAPE (3-18-54) “Violent Night” starring William Conrad, Joyce McCluskey. An American plantation owner in a Latin American country is the target of a local revolutionary. Sustaining, CBS.
FRED ALLEN SHOW (5-2-48) Fred welcomes guest Henry Morgan, who joins Fred for a spoof of the Goodwill Hour. With Portland Hoffa, Kenny Delmar, Minerva Pious, the DeMarco Sisters. Ford Motors, NBC.
SUNDAY, JUNE 29
STRAIGHT ARROW (5-6-48) “Stage From Calvado” stars Howard Culver as Steve Adams in the first show of the series. A stagecoach is held up by a masked man who knew exactly what he wanted. Nabisco Shredded Wheat, MBS.
RAILROAD HOUR (11-19-51) “Jubilee” starring Gordon MacRae with Dorothy Kirsten in a radio version of the Cole Porter-Moss Hart musical about a royal family masquerading as commoners. Association of American Railroads, NBC.
LIGHTS OUT (12-1-42) “Mr. Maggs” is Arch Oboler’s story about a man who purchases a locked chest at an auction and finds dried blood inside! Ironized Yeast, CBS.
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